AFS-USA is committed to making studying abroad more accessible and affordable to high school students from all backgrounds who possess the unique qualities needed to succeed on our transformative programs.

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AFS Global Citizen Scholarships & Aid

AFS Global Citizen Scholarships & Aid, through the help of generous donors, offers students $1 million dollars in merit and need-based scholarships that range from partial to full program fees for summer, semester, and yearlong AFS-USA study abroad programs.

We believe in the power of intercultural experiences and the potential of our students! That’s why we’re dedicated to meeting the demonstrated financial need of accepted applicants. 

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AFS Global STEM Academies

Extraordinary, full-scholarship study abroad programs for active global citizens who are energized to help solve some of today’s biggest global challenges. Enrich your sustainability knowledge and STEM skills while developing critical global competencies such as problem-solving, intercultural understanding, and social innovation. Program scholars earn the Advanced Certificate on Global Competence for Social Impact, awarded by AFS and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy.

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Faces of America

The FoA initiative aims to ensure that global education and study abroad opportunities are made available to all communities and are reflective of the diversity of our country.

One way FoA achieves its objectives is through successfully partnering with community-based organizations, foundations, corporations, and schools that serve underrepresented communities. Since 2010, FoA has awarded scholarships to more than 1,200 outstanding teenagers and introduced them to a world of possibilities.

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U.S. Department of State Scholarships

AFS-USA also sends participants on U.S. Department of State funded scholarships. Programs include Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), and the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX). All four are programs of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Fundraising Resources

AFS-USA offers a variety of fundraising resources to our study abroad participants. Once accepted in your program, AFS provides a comprehensive Fundraising Guide and a fundraising tool that is unique to AFS-USA called Sponsor an AFSer, which allows you to create and share a webpage so your connections can donate directly to your program fee. 100% of all donations go toward your fee, and should you not go abroad for any reason, 100% of donations would be refunded to all donors. These resources offer extra support to applicants, so that they can make their dreams of studying abroad a reality!

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